New Survey Finds Strong Public Interest in Prescription Drug Safety Issues
Americans Trust FDA, but express conflicting views about how to manage safety risks
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2007 / PRNewswire / – American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies today announced results from a national survey assessing public views on safety of prescription medicines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and overall satisfaction with the U.S. health care system.
"At a time when Congress is reviewing and debating legislation to strengthen the safety of prescription medicines and overhaul the FDA, this survey validates that drug safety is a real concern for the American public," said Dr. James Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University. "The survey shows some support for the concept of a Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act, however, there is a clear desire and expectation among participants for regulators to balance speed of approvals with their responsibility of reducing safety risks."
Key survey findings include:
The national telephone survey of 800 adults was conducted by The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies from September 4-6, 2007. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.46%.
The survey results were announced as part of A Dialogue on Prescription Drug Safety: Seeking Common Ground, a program presented by American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and FORA.tv to examine efforts by public policymakers to enhance America's prescription drug safety systems and reform the FDA.
Video from today's presentation, along with full survey results, is available online at www.dialogueondrugsafety.org.
Future A Dialogue on Prescription Drug Safety: Finding Common Ground forums will feature policy and industry leaders, patient advocates and others to discuss the political realities and medical implications of FDARA. The program is sponsored by American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and FORA.tv, a provider of online forums, discussions and debates on global political, social and cultural issues. The program is supported by Pfizer Inc.
For more information about A Dialogue on Prescription Drug Safety or upcoming events, please visit www.dialogueondrugsafety.org or contact Katharine Perrow at 202-955-6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, a center within the university's School of Public Affairs, provides an integrated teaching, research, and study program focusing on Congress, the presidency, and the interactions of these two basic American institutions. Established in 1979, the Center provides a scholarly organization uniquely able to draw on its Washington, DC location in the very heart of the events shaping Congress and the presidency. For more information about CCPS, go to www.american.edu/ccps.
FORA.tv (www.fora.tv) is the leading provider of online video content focused on discourse, discussions and debates surrounding global political, social and cultural issues. Content partners of FORA.tv include: C-SPAN; the World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Dallas, Oregon, Philadelphia and Connecticut; The Brookings Institution; Hoover Institution; the Cato Institute; New America Foundation; The Heritage Foundation; and the Aspen Institute. FORA.tv delivers content via its proprietary FORA Player, mobile phones, iPods, cable video-on-demand and other distribution platforms such as Akimbo and Link TV.